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Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

In the glittery bustle of the holidays, teachers often scramble to fit in last-minute lessons and refocus students dreaming of vacation excitement. It’s worthwhile to pause in the middle of all that excitement to build in reflective momen...

2017 Education Research Highlights

Every year, we hope, researchers gain new insights into what works in the classroom—and what doesn’t. In 2017, a group of scientists made the case for why social and emotional learning is essential in schools. We learned that negative s...

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Chemistry seems to inspire a D mentality: A significant number of students just want to pass the class to meet their graduation requirement, and do it with as little effort as possible. Take Evelyn, for example. A junior in my chemistry cla...

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Simpson’s Progress Journal

I accidentally wrote a story last night I’ve never accidentally written a story before in my life, but I’m taking a Great Course on writing, set myself up on a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and my Tuesday homework assignment was ab...

What to Take Home Over Christmas

December 6, 2017, by Lucy What to Take Home Over Christmas Come September, there are plenty of resources out there telling you what to pack for university. *Ahem, I may have even wrote a little cheeky something myself*. However, what no one...

Navigating Change: Tips From a Veteran

While I was helping an older gentlemen clean out his house after Hurricane Harvey, he asked me a poignant question, “Do you know what it feels like to have everything under control, not worrying about a thing, when suddenly you’re deali...

Mega Feedback – A Good Way to Organize Feedback

Mega Feedback is a new tool from the same person that developed Mega Seating Plan and Mega Name Picker. Both of those tools have been popular with readers of this blog and I think that Mega Feedback will become popular too. Mega Feedback is...

6 Reasons to Try a Single-Point Rubric

As educators, we know the power of a good rubric. Well-crafted rubrics facilitate clear and meaningful communication with our students and help keep us accountable and consistent in our grading. They’re important and meaningful classroom ...

Keeping Learning Real, Relevant, and Relatable

Our students are reading all day long—text messages on their phones, emailed directions about homework, apps from advertisers. They read what interests them and what helps make their world a more real, relevant, and relatable place to liv...

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